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CDA Renewal Amnesty Extended

March 31st, 2020

The Council for Professional Recognition understands that the past few weeks have been challenging in the ECE community. You are on the frontline for executing best practices for safe and healthy learning environments during this recent health challenge. We thank you for your commitment to the community and want to provide you with ample time to renew your credential.

The Council is extending the Renewal Amnesty program to June 30th. Take time to join the thousands of Child Development Associates® who have taken advantage of this cost-effective method of recommitting to the field they love. If you are a CDA® credential holder with an expired credential as far back as January 1, 2010 you are eligible to participate.

Why Take Advantage of the CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program?

  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Continued professional development
  • Reinforce your commitment to the early childhood profession
  • National recognition as a holder of the only competency-based early childhood credential
  • Cost effective renewal method: Renewal candidates pay only $125, a cost savings of $300 compared to the new candidate assessment fee of $425*.

*Note: Participants in the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program are required to apply online. No paper applications will be accepted for this program. In addition, if you have already mailed a new initial application because your credential expired, you must proceed with the initial application process.

Emergency Meal Distribution Sites in Monroe County

March 26th, 2020

Below is a list of emergency meal distribution sites for youth across Monroe County. You can also view the list on the Monroe County Youth Bureau website.

Two Local Fresh Food Resources

March 26th, 2020

Flower City Produce Inc. is putting together a package deal that’s open to the public on a pre-order basis. A box costs $25 and comes with a mix of fresh fruits and veggies for you to choose from (see below).

Pick-up is Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flower City Produce Inc. within the Public Market (20-22 Rochester Public Market). Curbside pickup can also be arranged. Call (585) 733-7044 to order.

Good Food Collective has opened up its wholesale to the public. You can order large (or small) quantities of local produce as well as meat, cheese, yogurt, etc. They also deliver or pick up. Visit the Collective’s website for more information.

List of Products For Use Against Coronavirus

March 24th, 2020

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries has put together “a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This product list is not exhaustive but can be used by business owners, health professionals, and the public to identify products suitable for use against COVID-19.”

The first product listed, Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer, has a low toxicity rating and is proven to be effective against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. Follow the product’s label instructions for use.

Note: The SARS-CoV-2 virus is effectively removed with soap and water. That cleaning step is the most important step in decontaminating surfaces and hands. In sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and using hand sanitizer, organic matter has to be removed first.

Free Online Books Available Through NYS Library and Monroe County Library System

March 21st, 2020

Free online books are available through the NYS Library and the Monroe County Library System.  Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi so families with devices can connect.

– For people without library cards, they can apply for a digital card here: https://libraryweb.org/using_the_library/e-card-registration/

– Once they have their number, patrons can check out and place holds on ebooks, audios, and magazines.

NYS Library has shared that MyOn is also free during this crisis. To access: www.myon.com

Free access to Renaissance myON digital reading resources is available for students and families during the current school closures. Students who are not already reading with their own personalized accounts to the myON literacy environment can log in through a single, shared account to access this collection of curated resources.

What’s available:

– The myON digital library—which includes thousands of authentic digital books, fiction and nonfiction, covering a variety of topics and themes

– Five daily myON News articles—which are written for students by journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist for age appropriateness

These resources are available 24/7 and can be accessed on any digital device that is connected to the Internet. Books from the myON digital library can be downloaded onto mobile devices for offline reading.

How to log into myON:

1. Go to: www.myon.com and click the login button at the top of the screen

2. Enter the following information on the login page.

School name: New York Reads (begin typing and click on the school from the drop-down menu)

Username: read

Password: books

Hand Sanitizer Available From Black Button Distilling

March 20th, 2020

Black Button Distilling is producing – and offering at cost – hand sanitizer for day cares, homeless shelters, and health care facilities. Requests can be made at [email protected]

COVID-19: Vroom Tips for Adding Early Learning to New Daily Routine

March 20th, 2020

Early learning happens at home. Due to the impact of COVID-19 many families now spending more time at home together. We’re offering tips to add early learning into the new daily routine – and to remind parents and caregivers that YOU already have what it takes to create a bright future for your child!

Join us and share the Vroom Tip videos every Tuesday at 10am PT to help add early learning into the new daily routine. Look for tips on hand washing and things to do at home throughout the week.

We hope these resources will be helpful for you and the families you serve. Do you have other ideas for how we can help you to continue to support families? Send us a note to [email protected]

COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers

March 19th, 2020

Attention providers: The NYS Office of Children and Family Services has sent a letter with COVID-19 guidance. View the letter.

Important: All Council Classes Canceled and Offices Closed to Visitors

March 15th, 2020

Please be advised that, due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, all Child Care Council classes have been canceled, effective immediately (March 15, 2020). In addition, effective March 17th, all our offices will be closed to visitors and walk in customers for the immediate future. If you need assistance, staff members can be reached by email or telephone.

Visit our social media sites and website for ongoing communications.

We will provide more details on the class schedule at a later date.

Child Care Council CEO Named to Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

March 10th, 2020

Child Care Council Inc. CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle was named recently to the Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame.

The Human Services Council of New York also recognized Barbara-Ann Mattle with the 2020 Strong Nonprofits Leader Award for her work in the human services sector. The honors were part of the Human Services Council of New York’s Women’s History Month celebration of women, past and present, who have made a significant impact in human services and our communities.

“These are incredible honors to be named to the Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame and to receive this year’s Strong Nonprofits Leader Award,” Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “This recognition is a testament to my decades of work to improve and support the development of high-quality child care programs in New York state.”

Dine Out, Support the Council

February 5th, 2020

Mark your calendars.

You can help support Child Care Council’s work simply by going out to eat. Panera in Brighton and Blaze Pizza in Henrietta will donate 20 percent of their proceeds during two upcoming evenings:

Panera
Fri, May 15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blaze Pizza
Friday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please bring in the event flyers (linked above) when you dine at either restaurant. Thank you for your support.

Safe Sitter Classes Scheduled

December 17th, 2019

Child Care Council, Inc. offers the Safe Sitter® training program for young teens ages 11 and up. Learn how to stay safe when caring for young children.

Upcoming Classes (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.):
▪ Feb. 8 – Wayne County
▪ Feb. 22, April 4 – Monroe County
▪ April 25 – Livingston County
(Class fee: $70)

Note: If you have a group of 8 or more providers – and these dates
are not convenient – please call to set up another date.

For more information, contact: Child Care Council, 585.654.4720.
To register, contact: Yolanda Reese, 585.654.4798.

Child Care Council Honors Outstanding Child Care Providers

October 25th, 2019

NYS Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo Recognized as Distinguished Civic Leader of the Year and St. Ann’s Community Honored as Innovative Employer of the Year

Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit that connects families with quality child care, recently honored child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards.

The Impact Awards are presented to providers who exemplify the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people. Provider honorees were:
– Andrea McMillian, a child care teacher at Brockport Child Development Center
– Nikki Phillips, a child care teacher at Creative Environment Children’s Learning Center in Wayne County
– Erin Roth and Kathy Smits, co-teachers at Penfield Village Nursery School
– Amy Yencer, who operates a school-age program in Mt. Morris, Livingston County

The Council also recognized New York State Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo (136th District) as its Distinguished Civic Leader of the Year for being a champion of child care issues on the state and local levels. St. Ann’s Community was honored as the Innovative Employer of the Year for providing free summer camp for its employees’ children. Michelle Dwyer and Triciajean Jones accepted the award on behalf of St. Ann’s.

Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.

Child Care Council CEO Receives RBJ’s 2019 Icon Honors Award

October 22nd, 2019

Child Care Council Inc. CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle was selected by the Rochester Business Journal as a 2019 Icon Honors award recipient.

Established in 2017, Icon Honors recognizes Rochester business leaders, over the age of 60, for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have moved their businesses and Rochester forward by growing jobs and making a difference in the community. Honorees must have a long-standing commitment to the Rochester business community and significant professional accomplishments through innovation and leadership.

Barbara-Ann Mattle has worked to support child care development and to enhance the quality of child care, both locally and nationally, for 35 years.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to receive the RBJ’s Icon Honors award,” Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “I have worked tirelessly to improve the quality and increase the quantity of child care in our region. These efforts have included collaborating with the business community and helping new child care businesses get established.”

“This year’s Icon Honors awardees are an impressive group of leaders. They represent a level of professional achievement and community awareness and action that is truly remarkable,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “They spark innovation and progress, in Rochester and beyond. The Rochester Business Journal is pleased to honor them.”

The Icon Honors awards were presented Dec. 9, 2019 at a reception at Genesee Valley Club in Rochester.

Child Care Council now offers online training!

October 21st, 2019

We now offer self-paced, online training courses that our staff created, in addition to our in-person professional development classes. These online classes are mobile friendly, so you can take them on your computer, tablet, or phone. Visit our professional development page to enter the portal.

Class on New Required Comprehensive Background Clearances

September 26th, 2019

If you are an owner or Director of a program please join us at the Child Care Council, Inc. to discuss the recent New York State Childcare changes with the Federal Background Clearances effective 9/25/19.

**Registration is required**
     **No fee to attend**
 ** (Due to limited capacity of 75 persons, please refrain from bringing program substitutes and assistants)**

Please Contact Any Of The Below to Register

Contacts
Yolanda   Alex Michele Amber
(585)654-4798 (585)654-4735      (585) 654-4794 (585) 654-4730

Monroe County lowers copay multiplier to 25%

August 23rd, 2019

Great news for area families … Monroe County has lowered its copay multiplier from 35% to 25%. Families will now pay 25% of their income over the poverty level for a child care subsidy.

This means a family of three with an annual income of $42,660 will pay $5,195 per year for child care on average, or $110.75 per week (12.5% of their income).

Call on the Senate to Increase Child Care Funding

August 8th, 2019

The House of Representatives recently voted to increase funding to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $2.4 billion. We encourage you to call on the Senate to meet or exceed this amount so that more families have access to safe and affordable child care and providers are able to provide quality care with the resources they need and deserve.
Have you benefited from CCDBG dollars? Know a family or provider who has? Let your senators know!

To make this happen, we need your help! Contact your senators today to ask them to support an increase in CCDBG funding.

Council receives NYS grant

August 5th, 2019

The New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF) announced that its New York State Birth Through Five Project (NYSB5) will award grants of to Child Care Council and other Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies to identify challenges and collaboratively assess their region’s child care needs.

Here’s a WROC TV story about the grant.

OCFS Providing Graco Cribs for Family-Based Providers

June 20th, 2019

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is promoting Safe Sleep in New York State. OCFS, through federal funds, has the opportunity to provide family-based child care providers a Graco Pack ‘n Play crib. Learn more.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Start Bright Impact Awards

April 18th, 2019

To recognize the critical role of high-quality child care, Child Care Council, Inc. will present its annual Start Bright Impact Awards to honor outstanding family/group family providers, legally exempt providers, child-care center and school-age program staff. Nominations can come from a parent, a child, or from another child care provider or staff member.

The awards will be given out at our Start Bright Gala on October 16, 2019. Nominate a child care provider using the form below or download a copy here.

Nominations must be received by August 31, 2018.

Unemployment Compensation: The CARES Act

March 30th, 2020

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board worked together to produce a summary of the unemployment compensation provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) specifically for child care providers.

Unemployment Compensation Support for Child Care Providers

Federal law provides broad guidelines for states to administer unemployment compensation programs. This means that states individually determine eligibility, minimum and maximum benefits, and the duration of benefits. Most states pay benefits for up to 26 weeks, however, some states offer less.

View the full summary.